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Music Geek Track Of The Week: “Damn Your Eyes”

Let’s face it, it’s been a rough week. The recent Penn State and now Syracuse ugliness has sunk a few hearts. Not to mention the whole Zuccotti Park debacle, and even Community, our nerd-heaven, pulled the short straw (for now) Monday… and my cat has a cold.

I’d like to believe it’s because Mercury is in retrograde next week, thus throwing off all things that are good. But since I know nothing about astrology and therefore don’t trust it, sticking to musical therapy might be the best course of action. Sometimes you gotta listen to some blues to feel better. And since America seems to be failing us this week, I thought Alex Clare, the UK’s redhead with the most soul, would do the trick.

With a pinch of dubstep, and very minimal instrumentation, Clare’s cover of Etta James’ “Damn Your Eyes” gives some edge to the ballad. Do I dare call him the white John Legend? Clare’s music highlights his silky-smooth vocals, yet hones in on its rare quality of surprise. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell where the music’s heading, but be damned if it’s anywhere other than ear-paradise (I like to picture my ear laying in the hammock on the beach with a milkshake).

I urge you to listen to the rest of his album, The Lateness of the Hour, as each song is spectacular (and not necessarily depressing — he sings about chicken wings in one song). So let’s keep our heads up and Mercury out of retrograde (can one do that?)

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  1. Remster says:

    Holy shit you guys, I think Up All Night is my new favorite song of all time. Seriously. This is happening.

  2. Nikki says:

    First: 🙁 Community. I have no other words that are appropriate for a public forum.
    Second: Thank you for the music recommendation! I’m loving his songs.

  3. scott says:

    please note what i wrote about arrested development near the end was in refrence to what it was like when they had cancelled the show 🙂 Love IT ,Annyong!

  4. scott says:

    Check out this article about Community getting benched.
    Below is my reply to the comment made by a ravenbarber2046—– :Just the most beautiful literature right there. There is litteraly nothing else to add to that. Absolutley perfect.
    If we were to need a leader in this fight. you sir, you sir would be the NEO of it all.
    I can`t believe how much i love this show.It hits on areas of my childhood when i least expect it. Sparks up intrests in areas of life i didnt care to venture down before. But most of all it really got me creativley thinking about Why the rest of the T.v shows(with a few kept out of that generalized blob) have no Gravitas. No intriguing and genuinely well written realism, as if you had almost experienced it yourself. Hell i could say that about movies as well.
    C`est La Vie
    and the arrested development days were horrid, absolutley nauseating. But im somewhat glad there coming back to basically make one reallly long prequel movie(the season that will air in 2013 about 10-13 episodes) and a feature length movie to give it the proper burial. im a little skeptical though.